Rec pool to remain closed until pipes are fixed

Recreation Pool

Any students who have visited the recreation center has been greeted with a “Closed” sign next to the barren cement. The pool at the UTSA recreation center has been closed since Dec. 3 of last year. No formal explanation for the closure was ever given, but student speculation has ranged from pipe problems to the Texas drought. The truth, however, is a bit more complicated.

 “The pool was losing an average of 30,000 gallons of water per day,” said Laura Monroe, director of UTSA campus recreation. This massive water loss forced the university to shut down the pool until a contractor could fix and repair the problem. However, problems arose as the contractor declared part-way through their repairs to the pool’s pipes that they were not going to continue at no cost to the university. This, in turn,  caused all repair to be halted until an independent firm could finish an investigation of the area. The firm’s findings were not reported until Aug. 31, 2012.

New repairs on the pool or its pipe system have yet to begin. Monroe, however,  remains hopeful for future repairs. “The campus recreation center will have a solution within the next few months,” Monroe said. “I am hopeful that a resolution will occur soon and Campus Recreation is able to move forward with a plan so that the students and members can once again enjoy the aquatics program.”